During the month of October and the 1st first week of November, the Graduation Coach at DHS has been meeting with Seniors one-on-one and in groups to assist them with their college application process. “The application process is challenging for all students and being able to work with the students in this manner simplifies the process, ” stated Laurel Padgett, DHS Graduation Coach. ” It is not an easy task and especially more daunting for 1st generation students. We are working to build a college-going culture at DHS and to emphasis this important first step toward post-secondary education.””
This process is part of a national initiative that aims to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursing a college degree or other higher education credential. It does this by helping high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensuring that they apply to at least one postsecondary institution ( 2 year or 4-year college, certificate program or vocational school).
“I’ve already been accepted to one college,” stated one enthusiastic young lady. ” But I am going to complete applications to other schools and also apply for scholarships. College is expensive so I am working and saving my money. I will also be applying for scholarships. It may be hard, but I’m going to do this!”
This is the first year that DHS has launched this campaign. The contacts for the program were made through the DeSoto County Education Foundation who strongly advocate for the concept and this support this process.